HC Deb 11 June 1968 vol 766 cc31-2
Q11. Mr. Hooley

asked the Prime Minister if he will invite the President of Tunisia to visit the United Kingdom to discuss matters of mutual concern.

The Prime Minister

I have no present plans to discuss matters of mutual concern with President Bourguiba but he would of course always be a most welcome visitor to the United Kingdom.

Mr. Hooley

Has my right hon. Friend seen the constructive and statesmanlike proposals put forward by President Bourguiba recently for a solution of the Middle East situation? What initiative are Her Majesty's Government using to take steps towards the solution of the increasingly dangerous situation in the Middle East?

The Prime Minister

While some form of United Nations force might have a place in any arrangements for putting the Security Council Resolution of 22nd November into effect—and this was envisaged, as he explained at the time, by my right hon. Friend the Member for Belper (Mr. George Brown) when he was Foreign Secretary—it would be inappropriate for me at this moment to comment when Mr. Jarring is pursuing his very difficult talks in New York. We must leave implementation matters until those talks make further progress.